Exclusivity, Elegance, Experience & Excellence
Rapawalk philosophy is rooted in exclusivity, elegance, experience and excellence. With craftsmanship par excellence, finest materials and elegant detailing, Rapawalk shoes are crafted exclusively as per your design to provide you a personal and premium experience. Each detail is of essence, be it the strength of a seam, stitch line on the vamp, or the versatility of a leather. We relentlessly pursue innovation in material and construction, ensuring that each item is both stylist as well as comfortable.
Art of craftmanship
Rapawalk craftsmen reinterpret traditional production techniques with contemporary attitude. We relentlessly pursue our passion for hand crafted heritage, attention to detail & constant innovation in materials – to create products that represent the heart of our craftsmen. Each product is made unique by bespoke detailing and materials sourced from finest international tanneries.
The Shoemaking Journey
Starting from a piece of hornbeam, a hard and dense wood, the last maker would gradually sculpt the shape of the shoe with the knife. The wooden form or the last will be smoothed with sandpaper or rasp.
This particularly technical stage requires great precision to ensure that the last respects the morphology of the foot and retains the elegant shape of the shoe.
The pattern cutter begins the covering of the last with an adhesive canvas on which he draws the model; he will then use the canvas to reproduce the model on cardboard pattern.
It is from this pattern that the cutter, using the skiving knife will cut the pieces of leather that will constitute the upper of the shoe. These pieces of leather would then be pared, assembled and sewn by the specialist craftsman.
The provisional model made of leather is created from the last by the master shoemaker. This is when the last on which the shoe is made can be perfected.
The fit, foot room & style is evaluated. The shoe maker notes the point to produce a perfect pair of shoe.
At every stage of the bespoke shoe construction, craftman can accommodate any desire the customer have for personalization, so long as it is in keeping the identity of RapaWalk.
Thus, the vamp pattern maker can customize a flower tip on the vamp: drawing or initials, the possibilities are infinite
At last the shoemaker brings the final touch: the patina, know how unique to RapaWalk house.
The customer chooses it from among our designing possibilities and the final details gives the bespoke shoe their unique personality, the personality of the weaver.
“Once finished, they are presented in a box bearing the Rapawalk Bespoke signature mark, the embodiment of generations of transmitted gestures and techniques and a celebration of devotion to the craft of the artisans.”